North Norfolk Labour Party has urged residents to speak out about their experiences of the ambulance service in north Norfolk after the Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service Trust has committed themselves to reviewing the cuts in North Walsham on a monthly basis.
The Chief Executive of EEAST, Hayden Newton, met North Norfolk Labour leaders on 27 September to discuss the rota shake-ups in Norfolk and the proposed cuts to the ambulance service in North Walsham and Cromer.
In response to the 6500-signature petition last month he had already revised original proposals for North Walsham and Cromer. This means North Walsham would gain 112 more hours of a double staffed ambulance (DSA) a week and Cromer would gain 140 hours of a DSA each week.
Both towns would also gain a 24/7 rapid response vehicle (RRV) and the net effect would be 4 hours more a week in Cromer, but North Walsham would still see 56 fewer hours a week.
Hayden Newton has now responded to Labour’s concerns and has said he can only make the case for more funding once he has explored all avenues – and that includes a rota shake-up due at the end of October. Mr Newton added he is committed to reviewing the situation in north Norfolk and North Walsham on a monthly basis.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party which organised the ‘Act on Ambulances’ campaign, said:
“Last month we welcomed the news that following our petition the Trust has planned to increase the number of emergency health vehicles in north Norfolk, but we said the plans did not go far enough.
Today the Trust has confirmed to us that following our meeting they are committing themselves to reviewing the situation in north Norfolk – especially in North Walsham – on a monthly basis.
Therefore we are encouraging north Norfolk residents to continue signing our petition, and also to speak up about their experience of the ambulance service, so that they can ensure they get these proposals right.
We are continuing our campaign for an improved ambulance service in north Norfolk, and we will be continuing our conversations with local residents.”